Portrait Lighting & Posing I


A Game Challenger for Portraiture Photographers/ Those Who Love Portrait Photography


Lighting Equipment Provided


  • Learn to use light modifiers, off-camera flashes and continuous lights


  • Flash & off-camera flash triggers provided during class for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji users

  • Learn portrait lighting in indoor, outdoor and studio conditions

  • Making artificial light look just as good as natural light

  • Understanding the science of light to make light work for you

  • NEW! Build a portable studio using the Three Point Lighting System. Build your lights one by one.

  • Outdoor session: location assessment, work under difficult light situations and strategic subject placement

  • Small class size

  • Everyone gets a chance to shoot during the classroom demonstration time, not just the instructor (the goal is to help everyone correct any mistakes in the photos based on the knowledge of light)

  • Learn the principles in posing, and apply only 5 base poses that lead to many different variations

  • An easy-to-follow workbook will be given for each attendee during the class

  • You don't have to invest in your lighting equipment until you fully understand how light works: A comprehensive list of lighting equipment and gears will be delivered digitally after the class

  • This class is for adults only (18+)

We provide reflectors.

**Attendees are expected to bring their own equipment for this class: cameras, telephoto lenses, flashes and triggers. The flash & triggers that we provide are for the Canon, Sony, Fuji and Nikon systems only.


Beginner 102  Photography Workshop OR ability to use the manual mode of your camera: Attendees are required to adjust the exposure in the manual mode VERY proficiently.

To learn how to take photos of people under pure natural light, please sign up for the Beginner 102 Photography Workshop.

Available Dates for this GAME CHANGING, One-day Workshop

October 13th, 2019 (Sunday) FULL

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Quick Facts

Workshop time:


(Part 1: Classroom session & demonstration;

Part 2: Outdoor photoshoot)

*Lunch: 30 mins only*

Classroom session: 535 Mission Street, 14th Floor, San Francisco

Outdoor photoshoot: SF Financial District

Learn how to use an off-camera flash;

Indoor & outdoor portrait sessions; building a portable studio using 3-point lighting system,

Understand the science of light and correct any mistakes in the photos based on scientific knowledge (rather than guessing)

Work with Photosprouts' Supermodel(s)

Tuition fee: $350/person

Why do you have to attend this Portrait Workshop?


Photosprouts' Mantra:

"Observe (the light) before your shoot"

Here in Photosprouts, we want you to be a successful photographer.


There are portrait classes out there that merely arrange attendees to photograph models under natural sunlight (or at most add a reflector), Photosprouts shows attendees how to use off-camera flashes & modifiers under different circumstances to create stunning portraits that make your work stand out in the highly competitive photography industry. The class size is very small (6 attendees only). You will be practicing with a beautiful model with a small group of photographers, and receive sufficient individual attention from the instructor and the model.

*To learn how to take photos of people under pure natural light (without flash/modifiers), please sign up for the Fundamental Photography Workshop (yes, we are already teaching portrait photography in the beginner level workshops)*

Highlights of this workshop

1. Indoor Photoshoots

  • Easy

    • Natural Light

    • Continuous Lighting

    • High Key Portraits

  • More Challenge

    • Use modifiers to change light quality, intensity and direction

    • Replicate natural light with an off-camera flash

    • Create hair light with a flash

    • Understanding the principle behind the Three Point Lighting system

  • Outcome

    • Feel confident to control the flash and ambient exposures. Fix any problems in the photo based on the Science of Light, rather than guessing

User-defined light sources have been added

Shooting in pure ambient light does not flatter your subject

2. Build a Portable Studio NEW!

  • Easy

    • Build your studio anywhere: with or without natural light

    • Build your lights one by one

    • Enhanced Three Point Lighting System for studio application

  • More Challenge

    • Learn the Butterfly and Clam Shell light patterns

    • Use lighting techniques to make your subject look thinner

    • Low Key, Artistic and Classical Portraits

  • Outcome

    • Executive headshots, school photos and family sessions

    • Dramatic, artistic portraits

    • Solve lighting problems based on the science of light

Basic Three Point Lighting System

Build your lights one by one

Exclusive Studio Lighting Experience:

Photosprouts Arts Series


Building the lights for a Professional Headshot Session in only 5 minutes

(and you don't even need to rent a studio nor buy a black backdrop)

3. Outdoor Photoshoots

  • Learn how to shoot in difficult light situations

  • Adding off-camera flashes and modifiers to make your work stand out

  • Improving portrait photography compositional skills

  • Defining your style by shooting in different combinations of camera and flash exposures: Light & airy, or high contrast & artistic

Learn to shape the light with modifiers in difficult light situations

Without light modifiers

Adding an off-camera flash to illuminate the subject just like natural light

Be confident to create your own style:

Different combinations of ambient and flash exposures will determine how your photos look like

Immediate application in your sessions (engagement/ kids & family/ headshots/ high school seniors).

Light and Airy Style

High contrast Style

Improve photo compositional skills and take awesome photos everywhere in your routine lives

Collaborative Learning and Team Work

Growth happens when you are outside of your comfort zone

Take the light challenge in a helpful, supportive environment

Our models

We have the best model team. The girls are patient with students, so they learn through trying various lighting experiments

Behind the scenes & students' work

What Do Attendees Think?

The Instructor's Work

Most of the photos below were shot in low light intensity situations, an off-camera flash was added to illuminate the subjects and mimic natural light.



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